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Health Care Reform

The Record (NorthJersey.com) — Saturday, August 1, 2009

Letters to the Editor

I am 45 years old. I have not had health insurance for five years, as it has become increasingly impossible to afford it. My mother is 84 and still works full time because if she does not, she will not be able to afford her medicine and doctor visits. My aunt is 87 and is in the early stages of dementia.

I have to run a business and try to take care of her, as a home health aide is not an option for her. To add the quality of life clause to her account is expensive and there is a chance she would not be eligible for it because she has a "preexisting condition." Well, we didn't know she had it; as soon as it became noticeable it was deemed pre-existing.

The elderly still want to be independent or to die with dignity in the home they know, but these are things the government has completely tossed out the window. President Obama, I stand with you to help Americans regain health and dignity.

We can not do this unless we have true health insurance reform.

Alexis Marnel

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